Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day!


Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

_____________________________________________________
U.S. Department of Labor | Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210

4 comments:

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Hope you and family have a wonderful day.

Take care.
Yvonne.

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Happy Labor Day, Gregg!

Thanks for the information on this holiday. I think most people don't regard it as anything more than a shopping day with great sales. That our working class used it to not only celebrate work, but to air their greivances and improve working conditions, makes me appreciate my 'day off' even more. ☺

The Old Geezer said...

Happy Labor Day Brother Gregg :-)

I like your new blog look :-)

~Ron

Petra said...

Enjoy your BBQ chicken breasts, corn on the cob, baked beans and potato salad. We'll be right over! :-)

Happy Labor Day!